HIGHLY CURATED AND ELEVATED TRAVEL EXPERIENCES FROM LOCAL EXPERTS
All our trips have been meticulously designed by our Colombian-American founder, Katalina Mayorga, who is constantly sourcing new experiences and on the pulse of the emerging creative economies of all the destinations we visit. El Camino Travel is a culmination of a conversation with a taxi driver in Guatemala, Katalina’s experiences and networks working extensively throughout Latin America for over a decade, and her creative side that is obsessively on the hunt for those locals that make a destination tick. You can read our full Travel Philosophy.
Katalina, and her team of experts at El Camino Travel are on the ground in the destinations, working extremely hard to make sure you have the experiences of a lifetime through elevated travel experiences. This is exactly how they would want to experience these countries if they were traveling there for the first time.
Highly curated and vetted experiences: Fair warning, you are going to see the phrase "highly curated" over and over again. We just reaaaaaaalllllly want you to know that we are keeping tabs on everything that is hip, interesting, and up and coming in all our destinations. A lot of our recommendations cannot even be found in any of the travel round ups in some of the most prestigious media outlets. Katalina and our network of local tastemakers stay ahead of them and thus so do you.
We really care: We really do. We want you to walk away from this experience inspired by everything you saw, smelled, tasted, heard, and felt in our various destinations. We want you to leave with a completely different perception and thus become an international ambassador that can help break down the negative stereotypes that have plagued many of these destinations <cough> Narcos <cough> for decades. This will ultimately allow for more travelers to feel comfortable in visiting and consequentially contribute to a thriving economy through thoughtful and responsible tourism. We know in doing that it is our job to show you one hell of a good time.
Take all the guessing out of planning: Did you know the average traveler visits over 78 websites and spends 10-35 hours during the booking and planning process? We cut out the endless hours of research and sifting through unreliable Trip Advisor and Yelp reviews by putting together itineraries that show off the best of our destinations. We take you straight to the heart of these emerging destinations and plug you directly into our networks that have taken us years to build. This is how we would want to travel and what we would want to do if we were visiting the country for the first time.
Don't travel solo: Meet awesome new friends. Don't get lonely. Experience a new country and the exciting aspects of its culture with others who appreciate the #elcaminotravel style of travel. Our small group travel experiences get you closer to the action, under the skin of the culture, allow you to have elevated travel experiences you would be unable to get on your own, and offer plenty of opportunities for solo travelers to make new friends. We were once hesitant about group travel too (large tour buses and someone waving a flag come to mind), but we now firmly believe that it can enhance the experience and is core to the El Camino Travel ethos.
Your own photographer: All our small group travel experiences are accompanied by a talented travel photographer with a creative eye ready to capture the whole experience. The photographer will deliver 20+ compelling images of the group every morning that you can immediately share with your social media. That means you can leave your phone at the door and live in the moment, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in the experience.
Do good: El Camino is committed to supporting local vendors and businesses throughout the many aspects of the trip, ensuring that our tourism dollars go directly back into the local economy and into the hands of the individuals who make the #elcaminotravel experience what it is. After working for years in international development we feel this is the best way to continue to contribute to a thriving and sustainable local economy. Want to understand why this is important to us and how we think we can make a difference in the world through tourism? You can read this blog post to learn what responsible and sustainable travel means to us here.
Who are our trips for? Our trips are for those who have an adventurous spirit, love discovering new countries, ready to embrace a new culture, and are interested in making the world a better place through responsible and sustainable travel. El Camino is not for everyone, so please carefully through all itineraries to ensure we are a right fit for your style of travel.
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Want to learn more about El Camino Travel and our north star (what we do and why we do it)? Check out this Creative Mornings talk our founder, Katalina Mayorga, gave. We are committed to cultivating empathy through travel.